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Group Itinerary: History & Heritage

Learn how the nation’s first gold rush helped shape Charlotte’s future and other fascinating history.

Day 1: Charlotte’s Past and Present

Explore the past and Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont’s ties to African-American history at Levine Museum of the New South, covering the history of the area since the Civil War. Visitors can relive a civil rights era sit-in at a lunch counter or watch original television news broadcasts on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death and other historical events in the timeless and award-winning exhibit “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers.” Groups of 10 or more receive discounted admission with advance registration.

One of the most sought-after destinations in Charlotte is Mert’s Heart and Soul, specializing in all things soul food, Low Country, and Southern.  Award-winning mac and cheese, buttery cornbread, and pimento cheese are among the signatures. Chef and Owner James Bazelle, an icon in the community, dishes up good food with low prices daily in Center City.

Revel at the beautiful revitalized Victorian homes in the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood with a Fourth Ward Walking Tour map from the Visitor Info Center. See Charlotte’s roots and appreciate the growth of this trade town at your own pace, or hop on board with Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours for a horse-drawn ride.

Celebrate the cultural achievements of African-American artists at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, an architectural marvel packing a powerful punch both inside and out. The outside structure is designed to evoke a Jacob’s Ladder pattern reminiscent of the exterior stairs on the Myers Street School, signifying pride and the importance of education in the advancement of African-Americans. Inside, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and more are featured in The Hewitt Collection, with inaugural exhibitions by Radcliffe Bailey and Juan Logan also on display. Groups of 10 or more enjoy discounted admission.

Day 2: Get In the Game

Get to know Charlotte’s historical side with a guided tour by Charlotte NC Tours. A custom experience can include information and stops at prominent African-American sites like the Cherry, Brooklyn, and Biddleville neighborhoods as well as Charlotte landmarks, including Johnson C. Smith University, one of the first African-American institutes established after the Civil War in 1867, Latta Plantation, and more.

For a taste of some good Southern cooking, you can’t pass up a stop at Price’s Chicken Coop. Many swear their fried chicken is the best they’ve had, with gizzards, pork BBQ, hushpuppies and more on the menu. They’ve been in business for decades and still operate in much the same way – it’s to-go orders and cash only at this local favorite.

Get your head in the game at the Spectrum Center with the Charlotte Hornets. This NBA team purchased by basketball legend Michael Jordan brings fans to their feet. The Hornets are sure to entertain with a high-energy performance and convenient location amid countless bars, restaurants and nightclubs to enjoy post-game. Group ticketing offers incentives including discounts, preferred block seating, free souvenirs, and other customizable options.